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    Apply to foster

    If you would like to register your interest in fostering, please complete the form below. We will get back to you shortly to discuss next steps.

    Have you applied to foster before?

    YesNo

    Do you have a spare room?

    YesNo

    We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

      Transfer to EFS

      Existing foster carers sometimes approach us because they want to transfer from their existing fostering provider. If you are not happy with the service you are currently receiving and would like to know more about transferring fostering provider, complete the form below and we will get back to you.

      Do you have a child in placement?

      YesNo

      We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

        Contact us

        If you have questions about fostering, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

        We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

        Fostering Support

        Extensive training and development
        Fostering allowance from £370 p/w
        Excellent support 24/7
        A friendly and highly experienced team

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        As a result of the agency’s good matching processes, children become central members of the family and enjoy high levels of placement stability.

        Ofsted, 2018

        Why is fostering training important?

        Fostering training is important for the foster carers who look after some of the most vulnerable and complex children. They care for children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, they need to be equipped to deal with any challenges.

        The most successful foster carers are those who combine a nurturing approach with firm boundaries. The old adage “firm but fair” is something we hear a lot about our carers. This ability to provide love and warmth whilst helping children feel safe comes with knowledge and confidence.

        Foster carers need to be resilient. Moreover, they need to demonstrate this resilience to the children in their care. Resilient carers build resilience in the children they care for and help them form secure attachments.

        Training to build confidence

        Eastern Fostering Services offers a wide variety of training and one could argue that all of the training helps carers feel equipped and therefore, more confident.

        Confidence when fostering all stems from understanding the child and contextualising their behaviour. When you know they whys and wherefores, you can then create strategies and approach them confidently.

        We run fostering training on all manner of topics from managing challenging behaviour to self-harm. From attachment styles and difficulties to online safety. Training might include Foetal Alcohol Syndrome or Autism, identity and culture to working with birth families.

        Our carers often say that the variety of training helps them to feel confident in their role as foster carers. You can read more of what our foster carers have to say about fostering training here.

        We often put interesting articles and topics for discussion on our Facebook page too, so do take a look.

        Training to build resilience

        Eastern Fostering Services put on specific training to help foster carers build resilience. This training helps foster carers to develop their self-awareness. Understanding your feelings and reactions is a very important aspect to successful fostering. Moreover, the training helps carers to identify worries and develop healthy, appropriate responses.

        We would also say that ongoing training and development in all areas of fostering naturally helps carers to feel equipped. Therefore building their personal resilience in all areas.

        Training to build community

        Training helps build a strong and fruitful community. In the training that Eastern Fostering Services puts on, foster carers are given the opportunity to share ideas and successes. Our fostering community is an important source of support. It offers carers a safe space to explore their feelings and responses.

        You can find out more about the support we offer to our foster carers here.

        What training have we put on recently?

        So far this year, we have held a range of training events aimed at supporting our foster carers and children. Here are some examples:

        Understanding Eating Disorders

        Working with children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

        First aid

        Safeguarding our children online and internet safety

        Conflict resolution and breakaway

        Managing challenging behaviours

        Care-apy

        Managing challenging behaviour

        Self-Harm

        Safeguarding Children Level 1

        Child sexual exploitation and radicalisation

        Behaviour management skills

        Separation and Loss

        Meet the team that will be with you every step of the way

        We have an excellent Fostering Support Team at Eastern Fostering Services. Not only do they support our carers 24/7/365, they also join in with all the fun bits! You’ll find them equally at home advocating for you and your children as they are strutting their stuff at the talent show, running around on the beach at one of our beach days or cycling with the children on our Forest Day out. We recognise that fostering is hard work and are always thinking of ways we can inject a little fun! We believe that fun is an important part of nurturing stable and successful fostering families. Our children and carers agree that putting the fun into fostering is important too!

        What is it like to foster?

        Our fostering community is happy to tell you!

        At Eastern Fostering Services, we have a fantastic community of foster carers. They are warm and friendly. Moreover, they are devoted to the children in their care.

        You may be wondering what it is like to foster with Eastern Fostering Services. So we asked our carers and here’s what they said.

        Up coming support events

        We hold regular events to help people learn as much as possible about fostering. These events are often attended by our own carers as well as members of the Eastern Fostering Services’ support team. This gives you a unique opportunity to ask us about the realities of fostering.

        Currently, all of our events are postponed but we will be rescheduling them soon. In the meantime, you can contact us to ask all your fostering questions.

        Useful information

        Before you start fostering, you’ll need to do as much research as possible. As well as reading through our FAQs, we suggest you take a look at our recommended reading list and read through the information we have provided for you. Remember you can always contact us if you have any questions.

        Apply to foster
        Transfer to us
        Contact us

          Apply to foster

          If you would like to register your interest in fostering, please complete the form below. We will get back to you shortly to discuss next steps.

          Have you applied to foster before?

          YesNo

          Do you have a spare room?

          YesNo

          We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

          Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know

            Transfer to EFS

            Existing foster carers sometimes approach us because they want to transfer from their existing fostering provider. If you are not happy with the service you are currently receiving and would like to know more about transferring fostering provider, complete the form below and we will get back to you.

            Do you have a child in placement?

            YesNo

            We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

            Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know

              Contact us

              If you have questions about fostering, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

              We will contact you, using your preferred contact details, as soon as possible.

              Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know
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